Jill & Peter's Wedding Ceremony in Southern California. 

Jill & Peter's Wedding Ceremony in Southern California. 

I recently asked readers to share a favorite wedding memories via email, Facebook, and Twitter.  The entries varied from personal memories to celebrity weddings, royal weddings, and wedding stories that had been passed down through generations.

From two people, a new family is created through a wedding.  The history of that family, the memories, traditions, and stories that travel from generation to generation are rooted in that wedding ceremony, and grow on from there.  I love hearing other people's love stores, and in honor of their 10th Wedding Anniversary, I am thrilled to share one of my team's collective favorites....

Jill & Peter Dukes

Submitted as a story, Jill's what made Jill's wedding memories so tender and endearing was the constant pull between past and present as she and her husband sought to honor her mother who was no longer with them while celebrating their new life together.

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Jill Peterson's Chair in honor of her mother.

Jill Peterson's Chair in honor of her mother.

"My favorite memory was seeing my future husband, sister, and father place roses on the empty seat in honor of my Mom who had passed away two months before. Seeing everyone pay respect to the most important person in my life and acknowledge her even in her absence made my day complete and my heart full."

Jillian Peterson Dukes - Bridal portrait in Southern California.

Jillian Peterson Dukes - Bridal portrait in Southern California.

Jill & Peter - Wedding Portraits in Southern California.  

Jill & Peter - Wedding Portraits in Southern California.  

"I love everything about these photos.  I look genuinely happy!"

Wedding Cake.

Wedding Cake.

"I have never had a cake that was a yummy as this one!  Ten years later I still dream of this cake.  We had alternating layers.  My layers were kahlua chocolate chip with espresso cream, and my husband's layers were angel cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream.  Someone brought the cake home but forgot to put in the fridge.  The next day I ran to the table and got a bite of spoiled cake instead of my precious layers."

Jill & Peter's Wedding Ceremony.

Jill & Peter's Wedding Ceremony.

"My ring was so tight when Peter tried to put it on it got stuck at the knuckle.  I whispered to Peter and told him to lick my finger so it would slide down, not really thinking that he would, but he did!  It was the funniest moment because only Peter, my sister and myself knew what happened.  So everyone else thought we had a randomly burst out laughing for no explicable reason!"

The bride with her father and her new husband.  

The bride with her father and her new husband.  

"I love this photo and have it hanging in my house because it represents my past, present, and future.  I love how my dad is looking at me, while we are both looking ahead.  It was such a sad time for us, but as we were all moving forward towards a new life without my mom we were still standing together."

The Peterson Dukes Family

The Peterson Dukes Family

Today, Jill & Peter Dukes live in Burbank, California with their son, Hayden.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love! Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.